CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. July 14, 2010: The United States has welcomed the release of seven prisoners by the Raul Castro administration of Cuba.
Philip J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman on Tuesday said the U.S. sees the release `as a positive development.`
`We welcome the release of seven political prisoners by the government of Cuba and the announcement by the Archbishop of Havana that additional prisoners could be released in the coming months,` he said.
But he insisted that the U.S. continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.
The seven former prisoners, known as `Black Spring,` were all jailed in the 2003 roundup of dissidents, activists, and journalists. They arrived to freedom at the international airport in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday.
`We hope that those that continue in Cuba will be able to enjoy the same liberties as we have at this moment,` Julio Cesar Galvez, one of the former prisoners, read in a statement by the group. `Our arrival signals the start of a new period in the future of Cuba.`
Their release was the work of negotiations spearheaded by the Roman Catholic Church and Spanish officials, and they represent the first of 52 prisoners promised to be released in coming months.